Westminster pair shot near home

January 08, 1994|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Staff Writer

Two Westminster men were shot and wounded yesterday after they allegedly kicked in the front door of a home and were confronted by the resident and several of his relatives -- all of whom were armed.

The Baltimore County state's attorney's office will review the incident, in which the two men broke into the house, who were unarmed, were taken from the home and shot.

Lt. Stephen Vaughan, assistant police commander of the Garrison station, said conflicting accounts from the two prevented investigators from filing criminal charges pending prosecutorial review.

"We do know that two men kicked in the door and they were wounded by four men, apparently all armed with a semiautomatic rifle, a shotgun and revolver," Lieutenant Vaughan said yesterday. "What happened in between those actions is yet to be determined."

According to police reports, Donnel Avon Jones, 28, and Robert Edward Thorne, 24, both of Westminster, went to Christopher Hamby's home in the first block of Bowers Lane shortly after midnight.

The men kicked in the front door of the home, police said. Mr. Hamby then ran out the back door and to a relative's home nearby while an unidentified woman hid in an upstairs bedroom closet.

Lieutenant Vaughan said Mr. Hamby returned minutes later with several relatives who were armed with various weapons.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Thorne were ordered outside the house at gunpoint and shot, police said. Both were listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Lieutenant Vaughan said the two men broke into the house looking for Mr. Hamby because he allegedly had made unkind remarks about them.

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